A Supportive Family of Experts Makes All the Difference for This Single Mom!

Me and Donna on Cruise

As a single mom and a work-at-home writer, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am right now without support. Raising kids is hard work. Every parent knows that. I think anyone who has ever even babysat a kid knows that! Raising a child on your own while trying to support yourself as a writer? Whole new ball game, and I’m not very good at sports. Thank goodness I have an amazingly supportive family. They don’t just help with Jacob, either, but they completely support my career. I know too many writers who deal with questions from family […] Read more »

Important Steps to Home Ownership

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This post is written and sponsored by U.S. Bank. So, you’re ready to make the big leap into home ownership? Good for you. Home ownership can be a great experience and holds a number of tangible and intangible benefits. But first, you need to actually buy that property, which, especially if this is your first home, can feel more than a little complicated. Understanding the mortgage process Since a home is arguably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, being prepared is key to having a successful experience. Doing some homework ahead of time – specifically on mortgage prequalification, the type […] Read more »

How Far Would You Go to Save Your Relationship?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of WEtv for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If you knew your relationship was heading for disaster, what would you do to save it? What if it was already in shambles, hanging on by a thread? Should you even try to save it? When you’re at that turning point in your relationships where you can either fight or go your separate ways, those are crucial questions. I’ve been there more than once. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before: I’ve been married twice. Once when I was very young. That […] Read more »

10 Regrets Experienced By Stay-At Home Moms

Stay at Home mom regrets

When scrolling through various women’s forums, where career women chat with stay-at-home Moms, many of these Moms shared their stories of regret. While they didn’t regret raising their children, they did regret their estrangement from the larger world. These women felt that although they had initially made the right choice, over time, the significance of their decision also had an unexpected consequence–they began to feel out of the loop, spectators of life, rather than participants. Here is a list of their top 10 regrets: Letting their gender down. It took a generation of women to develop equal rights for women […] Read more »

When All is Lost, Hope Remains {Quotes About Hope}

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I can’t think of a better day to share quotes about hope than a Monday morning after one of the coldest weeks on record, a surprise (to me, because I forgot to watch the weather) snow storm and an all-around rough week for my family. Whether you’re recovering from a rough week, facing some bad news yourself or just need a little pick-me up, remember, after all the horrors were unleashed on the world by Pandora, hope remained. It always remains. The day we stop believing that is the day we lose ourselves forever. 5 Beautiful Quotes about Hope I […] Read more »

5 Unbelievably Easy Secrets to Achieving Work-Life Balance as a WAHM

Stop letting work ruin your life. Check out these incredibly easy and actionable secrets to achieving work/life balance as a work at home mom.

Six months ago- heck, even three months ago- I was the LAST person who should’ve been writing an article on achieving work-life balance. I let the scales tip so far in favor of work that I actually cried myself to sleep from the stress. Life? I couldn’t even tell you what that looked like. My son was acting out because he was tired of hearing the words “not now, Mommy’s working” come out of my mouth. My weight skyrocketed because I NEVER got out of my chair and most of my meals consisted of cookies that I could eat with […] Read more »

How to Have an Insanely Romantic Date Night at Home

How to have an insanely romantic date night at home. Yes, I know the picture is not "at home" but come on, it was too good to pass up!

Portions of this post are brought to you by K-Y, as part of a Smiley360 Blogger Mission. All opinions and ideas are my own. Contains content not suitable for young readers (or anyone who is uncomfortable with intimacy talk). Whether you’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day or just planning to spend a little more time connecting with your love, having an insanely romantic date night at home isn’t just a great way to save money, it’s actually quite fun! In fact, it’s way more fun than going out all night. Let me illustrate with a short (and family-friendly version) of my New Year’s […] Read more »

Incredible Benefits of Procrastination: How Wasting Time Saves Time

Benefits of Procrastinating: How Wasting Time Saves Time

I am a procrastinator. It’s the truth, no way around it. In fact, I’m writing this post as a way to procrastinate on another post I should be writing! I know that all the books, self-help coaches and what not tell you that procrastination is the devil (or something equally dramatic). I have a different theory, though. I think rather than trying to change deeply ingrained habits, we can learn to use them to our benefit. Benefits of Procrastination (Yes, they do exist!) Let me tell you a story. When I was a journalism student, I wrote many articles and […] Read more »

Date Night Tips for Guys: How to Go from Work to Play Fast #ThatLookYouWant

Planning a romantic date night for Valentine's Day or another big celebration? Check out these easy tips for guys to go from work to play fast.

Portions of this post are sponsored by Just for Men. I received complimentary products from the Smiley360 Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I used to think that guys didn’t spend any time getting ready for date night. Everyone jokes about how women are always late because we have to do our hair, makeup, pick out our clothes and so on. Guys just shower, shave and go, right? Well, if you’ve ever actually watched a guy get ready for date night, you’ll know that it’s a total myth. I once watched a Marine […] Read more »